Advocacy efforts are easier to dismiss when they are seen to reflect vested interests more than principled foundations.
Feared and deplored for his slash-and-burn approach to criminal justice, Rodrigo Duterte has suddenly shown his conciliatory side.
The Philippines is seeing a surge of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals and drug users since Rodrigo Duterte assumed office last month.
Legislating against racial and religious vilification is highly fraught, as the ongoing debate around Section 18C has demonstrated, and unlikely to become less so any time soon.
Taking over a country by military force is much harder in this age of globalised rights.
That South Africa has voted against rights enshrined in its globally celebrated, progressive constitution suggests a troubling indifference to its human rights commitments.
In the 1850s, an influx of immigrants incited xenophobia in Americans. How did Abraham Lincoln, the GOP's first president, react to the angry mood? A Civil War historian tells the tale.
Millions of people need to be confident that suitable public toilets will be available when they leave their homes. A shortage of such facilities is a serious problem for an ageing population.
The rise in the number of people fleeing Boko Haram terror calls for urgent amendments to Nigeria's constitution to provide legal protection to the country's millions of internally displaced citizens.
Putting a human rights issue to a national vote is a crude means of legalising same-sex marriage.
The ‘functional immunity’ granted to UN officials made good sense when the body was founded after World War II. But as its organisational functions have expanded, so has this immunity.
Machines that can target and kill people without human intervention or accountability pose a moral threat to the world.
For every advance in LGBT rights that is made in one part of the world, there are extreme regressions elsewhere.
It is exactly forty years since the Soweto uprising in June 1976 where the South African police met the students with brutal force. How much has changed in terms of policing?
Enough tiptoeing around: without ending state discrimination, we have little hope of stopping HIV and AIDS.
We tend instinctively to value human lives over non-human ones. But is there a point where the scales might tip the other way?
The corporate world must embrace human rights as a fundamental business priority.
New White House guidelines on sex discrimination have caused backlash in some states and school districts. But it won't last, according to researcher at UMass Amherst.
It got top billing in the Queen's speech but is anyone actually any clearer on what the government's prison reforms are?
Sex workers in South Africa are all potential criminals due to the country's regressive laws. But their status may change soon, making South Africa the first African country to decriminalise sex work.